For Immediate Release
Washington, D.C. – In response to Representative Scott Perry’s anti-sugar policy amendment (#173) in the FY2024 agriculture appropriations package, American Sugar Alliance Chairwoman Cassie Bladow said: “Rep. Perry’s anti-sugar amendment threatens American farm families who provide Americans with a reliable, domestic sugar supply – risking 11,000 farmers, 151,000 jobs, and $23 billion in economic activity.”
Farmers, ranchers, and stakeholder groups across agriculture, including the American Farm Bureau Federation, National Council of Farmer Cooperatives, National Farmers Union, American Association of Crop Insurers, American Soybean Association, Crop Insurance Professionals Association, Farm Credit Council, Midwest Council on Agriculture, National Association of Wheat Growers, National Cotton Council, National Milk Producers Federation, National Sorghum Producers, Plains Cotton Growers, Southwest Council of Agribusiness, South Carolina Peach Council, USA Rice Federation, U.S. Peanut Federation, and Western Peanut Growers Association, and unions, including the International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers and International Brotherhood of Teamsters, oppose Rep. Perry’s anti-sugar amendment. Rep. Perry’s anti-sugar amendment puts American agriculture production, domestic food security, and manufacturing jobs at risk.
Rep. Scott Perry’s anti-sugar amendment singles out hard-working American sugarcane and sugarbeet farm families and sugar workers, and puts in jeopardy the safety net provided to fight against predatory foreign trade practices, including subsidies that enable overproduction and dumping of sugar onto the global market below the cost of production.
Bottom line, Rep. Perry’s anti-sugar amendment harms U.S. farm families and undermines protection for taxpayers, while doing nothing to help consumers.